He either wants the bike or doesn't. He either values it at £80 or doesn't.
He did want the bike, at one point in time, he was prepared to go up to £80. Things change. That you don't get that, really, is your shortcoming.
Everything else is pointless conjecture.
But seeing as we're being all fncking pious about an £80 bike deal, it's not fully kosher to be offering a price to end the auction early which afaics is what happened. Buyer tried to manipulate the auction before the seller did, then gets all antsy at the seller? Unless I've read it wrong.
Indeed you have. A buyer offering or requesting a buy-it-now, is merely making an offer - that the seller can either take or leave - in many circumstances, can be completely kosher and within the rules of ebay (either relisted, or auction changed to a buy-it-now).
The seller declined to sell it at that price, presumably thinking they could get a better price, and now having a clear indication of the ceiling of at least one potential buyer - nothing wrong with that.
What happened next - well it's possible there was some shill bidding, or maybe it's some uncanny coincidence - but all the same, I completely get why the OP doesn't feel comfortable, potentially feels manipulated, and isn't quite inclined to splurge the £80, now - they've lost all the benefit of having a buy it now, so why shouldn't they get the benefit of letting the market decide the price. And if the market has decided the price, and it really doesn't suit the seller, then surely that's their lookout - as is the scenario if there was shill bidding.
That you don't get that people may not be happy once they feel they may have been manipulated, well that's your limitation, but the £80 thing? Well it's one thing to accept that early on to seal the deal, quite another, afterwards, when the seller wanted the best price from the market, didn't get it, and still wants the buyers best price - even though that's now £5 more than the OP bid in the "open market" that was the auction.
In my experience, the people who see nothing wrong with shill bidding don't tend to be making an argument purely out of pragmatism, it tends to be more about being willing to do so themselves. In this instance, buyer rolled the dice, got snake eyes, then the seller did - that the buyer now thinks the deal is tarnished? Well no surprise to many, I suspect...
This page intentionally left blank